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Nintendo reportedly rolling out new, more hack-resistant Switch hardware

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Nintendo reportedly rolling out new, more hack-resistant Switch hardware
Enlarge / A shot of some of the hardware used to discover the Fusée Gelée exploit, which is reportedly now fixed on newly sold Switch units.

Months ago, word leaked out to the public of an “unpatchable” exploit method that allowed Switch users to run custom firmware, homebrew code, and even pirated software on all existing hardware. Now, Nintendo is reportedly selling Switch systems that have been fixed at the factory to protect against this exploit.

The report comes from prolific Switch hardware hacker SciresM, who writes that at least some Switches currently on retail shelves are not vulnerable to the coldboot exploit known in hacking circles as “Fusée Gelée.” SciresM suspects that Nintendo has used the iPatch system on the system’s Nvidia Tegra chip to burn new protective code into the boot ROM, cutting off the USB recovery mode overflow error that previously let hackers in.

These boot-ROM iPatches are relatively simple for Nintendo to implement in the factory when the system is manufactured, but they are impossible to load onto the tens of millions of Switch units that had already been sold before the exploit was made public.

Old firmware?

The newly protected Switch hardware is reportedly loaded with firmware version 4.1.0, which has been outdated since the release of version 5.0.0 in March. That suggests these units are not sporting a new, more secure version of Nvidia’s Tegra chip (known internally as “Mariko”), which was first hinted at in the code for that version 5.0.0 firmware.

The older firmware also suggests the protected Switch units were manufactured (and iPatched) earlier this year, well before the Fusée Gelée exploit went public in April. That’s not too hard to believe. Both Team fail0verflow and Team ReSwitched, which discovered similar Switch exploits while working separately, have said they provided “responsible disclosure” details of their exploit to Nintendo and Nvidia months before going public. It seems Nintendo may have used that head start to get protected hardware to market a little sooner than would have otherwise been possible. (Nintendo has not responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica.)

In any case, SciresM says the older 4.1.0 firmware is still susceptible to a (still unpublished) software-level exploit method he has developed, called deja vu. But that exploit has reportedly already been patched out of systems with 5.0.0 firmware or later as part of the usual back-and-forth, hack-and-firmware-patch battle that the Fusée Gelée exploit completely circumvented.

The presence of new Switch hardware that’s not susceptible to Fusée Gelée could increase interest in the tens of millions of previously sold Switch units that are still easily exploitable. Demand for such systems among hackers and homebrew aficionados may increase as time goes on and as Nintendo continues banning hacked systems from its online network. For now, though, hackers should start checking the provenance of any Switch hardware they may want to tinker with.

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Video: Here’s A Look At The Mega Man: Fully Charged Animated Series

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Video: Here's A Look At The Mega Man: Fully Charged Animated Series

The first trailer for the television animation, Mega Man: Fully Charged, has been shown at the San Diego Comic-Con. The show is based on the classic games, with season one running for ten episodes in total. 

The story is about Aki Light – a schoolboy who can transform into a powerful hero known as Mega Man. When Sgt. Night and his evil team of robot masters show up in the futuristic Silicon City, it’s up to Mega Man to protect the city’s citizens with his mega buster arm cannon and also by absorbing powers from his opponents. Various other characters will pop-up along the way, including the robot dog, Rush.

Mega Man: Fully Charged premiers in the US next month. The show is a production between Cartoon Network, Man of Action Entertainment, Dentsu Entertainment USA and also DHX Media.

Take a look at the trailer above and tell us in the comments if you’re at all interested in watching, rather than playing, Mega Man.  

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Comic-Con 2018: Best Marvel Cosplay From SDCC

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Comic-Con 2018: Best Marvel Cosplay From SDCC

It’s often hard to believe how big Marvel has become in recent years. This comes thanks in part to Marvel Studios films, which has made its world of comic book superheroes a pop-culture phenomenon by fostering a massive audience. With so many Marvel fans out there, you can be sure that many of them are gathered at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 dressed as their favorite characters.

Within the first couple days of SDCC 2018, we’ve already seen a ton of amazing Marvel cosplay. Attendees from all walks of life come to the public event dressed as some of the company’s most iconic characters. There was a wide variety of cosplay this year with people coming dressed as versions of characters from both the films and comics.

You’ll find cosplay of Marvel’s most popular heroes, like Wolverine and Deadpool, as well as the more obscure characters, like Kaecillius. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to check out all of the photos ahead and tells us which you like the best. You can also check out all the best cosplay from day one and day two of SDCC 2018.

While Marvel was expected to not have a big presence at SDCC 2018, the show has technically yielded some news. One of the biggest Marvel stories is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn being fired by Disney after a series of controversial tweets from his past were resurfaced. In a statement concerning the termination, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn was expected to appear at a Sony panel this year, but he ultimate was not present.

In other Marvel-related news, Stan Lee recently made an unexpected cameo in a non-Marvel property; it should come as a surprise for long-time fans. And on the SDCC 2018 show floor, we spotted a massive statue of Thanos made entirely of Lego blocks.

SDCC 2018 has yielded a plethora of exciting announcements around the latest seasons of big TV shows, like The Walking Dead, Star Trek Discovery, and Better Call Saul, as well as debut trailers for new shows, like DC’s Titans and the TV adaptation of George RR Martin’s sci-fi story, Nightflyers. For more on our SDCC 2018 coverage, check the links below, and keep coming back to GameSpot throughout the next few days for even more.

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Resident Evil 2’s Cover Channels Classic Key Art

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Resident Evil 2, the anticipated survival horror remake announced just weeks ago at E3 2018, hosted a prominent panel at San Diego Comic Con earlier today, where Capcom revealed the box art for the title. The image, which shows protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield standing back-to-back, is clearly inspired by a classic piece of key art from the original PSone release.

The publisher also announced a Collector’s Edition, which comes packaged in a case inspired by the series’ iconic Item Boxes. It includes a copy of the game, as well as a 12-inch Leon figurine, an artbook, a digital soundtrack, and a poster featuring design blueprints for the Raccoon Police Department. You’ll also get some in-game DLC, including a soundtrack swap featuring the title’s original music.

Unfortunately, the Collector’s Edition will be exclusive to GameStop and EB Games, and will retail for an eye-watering $199.99. It’s a pretty cool package, but that’s a bit pricey as far as we’re concerned. What do you reckon? Will you be plumping up for the premium edition, or just sticking to the standard version? Gobble down some green herbs in the comments section below.

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